Thanks to the following people who volunteered to translate this news release:
Céline Cantat | Sciences Po Paris
Marie MARTIN | Member of the Euro-African network Migreurop
Andreea-Raluca Leru | Agentia pentru Dezvoltare Regionala Nord-Est
If you wish to translate the Nightworker Charter in your native tongue please get in touch. Volunteers needed!
This talk is part of a conversation moderated by Ann Lui, principal @futurefirm. I was delighted to join @cyruspenarroyo discussing our films at this event organised @futurefirm and hosted by @exhibitcolumbus and moderated by Ann Lui, principle at Future Firm. You can also watch both films (Nightshift Spitalfields, 2020, UK and Manifest Destiny, 2021, US) recorded here:
Till then, enjoy the presentation.
You can find more @anightworkshop on twitter and IG @thenightworkshop @futurefirm @exhibitcolumbus #film #night #nightowl #nightshift #nightshiftnurses #nightwork
Chapter four of the #GNRP is explicitly about the people who make up nightlife, their current needs and obstacles faced. Offering practical strategies from around the world with recommendations directed towards governments and industries willing to invest in nighttime culture. Additionally, it provides recommendations for reforms which would create a more sustainable nighttime economy that provides more security, prosperity, and dignity to workers, industries, or other actors.
Why does it matter?
Nightlife was halted in March 2020 – part of the global shutdown response to prevent the spread of Covid-19. In early 2021, countries are still experiencing rising infection rates and business closures continue. Despite encouraging news about vaccines and rapid testing technologies, the end of the pandemic is not imminent and the hope that nightlife closures would be temporary has evaporated. Nightlife workers have seen their income disappear, relief funds and subsidies have largely been insufficient with the majority of workers slipping through the cracks, adding to the fact that nightlife workers were often vulnerable and “unseen” prior to this pandemic.
Chapter 4 is led by New York based DJ and Senior Planner Tara Duvivier (The Pratt Center)
Dr. Sipho Sithole, South African Cultural Observatory, (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Merlijn Poolman, Night Mayor, (Groningen, Netherlands)
Julius-Cezar MacQuarie, PhD – Central European University (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
Kate Durio, Senior US Project Lead, Sound Diplomacy (Huntsville, US)
Peter Kwint – MP for Dutch Socialist Party (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Rafael Espinal – Executive Director, Freelancers Union, (New York, USA)
Phuong Le – Homeaway Agency, (Bangkok,Vietnam)
Eline Van Audenaerde – The Unicorn Mothership, (Ghent, Belgium)
Nocturne is an essay radio – a hybrid form of audio storytelling that blends elements of documentary, fiction and sound-art.
Nocturne is produced by Vanessa Lowe.
Listen to the last episode here.
Appeared on Episode 24:
Nightwork: Migrant labour and embodied precarity in the global city
"Can we imagine a world where (night) work isn’t as alienating and hard on the body?
Our new episode is with Dr. Julius-Cezar MacQuarie, anthropologist and founder of the
NIGHTWORKSHOP (a project researching nightwork in cities).
We’ll explore questions about migration, precarity, the embodied experience of working at night and the methods of visual anthropology.
Dr. Julius-Cezar MacQuarie did research in cities like Budapest, Istanbul, London, Milan, Moscow, Prague and Sofia. He intends to carry out research in Romania’s larger cities as well, and continue his long-term project to make visual stories about invisible migrant nightworkers."
Episode produced & hosted by
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Appeared on Novara Media, News and Politics
Work All Day, Work All Night: ‘Sacrificing Your Life’ for the Food Supply Chain
"There is no more fundamental form of work than work that provides us with food. Yet most of us have only a vague sense of the round-the-clock work done to put food on our plates – which some workers say is like 'sacrificing your life' to feed the rest of society. Can that last?"
As part of Novara Media's Future of Work focus, Sophie Hemery reached out to me to contribute with my insights into the lives and work of my co-workers at New Spitalfields Market, London.
This work is supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (London Office).
Appeared on Being Human, Episode 1 by Public Anthropologists, Royal Anthropological Institute.
"Dr MacQuarie’s work considers groups of people who are marginalised from mainstream society through their working practices. His research centres upon ‘night ethnography’."
"In this episode, host Dr Jennifer Cearns is joined by Professor Noel Salazar (University of Leuven), Dr Costanza Currò (University of Helsinki), and Dr Julius-Cezar MacQuarie (Central European University) to discuss the idea of ‘social distancing’: a term many of us have suddenly become familiar with in the light of COVID-19.
What does it mean to socially distance oneself?
What does that look like?
And what are the ramifications of this at a societal and individual level?
In this episode we set out to unpack some of these questions."
Appeared on "Sfertul Academic" by Antropedia
with "The Night Shift" (Tura de Noapte)
Here, I contributed aside many Romanian researchers to "Sfertul Academic" project by Antropedia.
The original text is in Romanian. The text is complemented by a podcast. Speakers of Romanian language can listen to actor Dan Popa reading the text here.
Below is the abstract to the text in English (to be published soon).
Abstract - The nadir point is sometimes reached between 4 and 6 in the morning and represents the lowest level of activity of the human body during the 24-hour life cycle. During that time, I often felt like I was losing my balance and my whole body was getting tired. It was strange, physically and mentally, as if the ground was running from underneath my feet, as if I would ‘hear’ my body ‘screaming’ that it wants to lie down, but I couldn't stop, because I had to carry crates and bags, most of the time with a client in my shadow. I have heard and felt what nadir is for the first time in my life during the nightshift as a night ethnographer.